Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Yes means no?

First we wanted them, now we don't?

Washington looks likely to drop its request that Turkey send troops to Iraq to back up harried U.S. forces, a decision that could be something of a relief for the Ankara government, Turkish officials and analysts say.


But analysts say Washington now seems to be soft-pedalling the idea in the face of opposition from both the U.S. appointed Iraqi Governing Council and northern Iraqi Kurds -- particularly after a United Nations resolution last week improved chances of winning military support from less controversial contributors.

I understand the misgivings that the northern Kurds have regarding Turkish troops, but why can't they serve in southern Iraq or in the Sunni Triangle area?


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